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Lady Flames Conclude ECU Classic with Sweep
Karyl Bacon recorded her 30th career double-double, Saturday night, as the Lady Flames defeated East Carolina, 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-11), to wrap up the 2010 East Carolina Classic at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, N.C.
Cleveland State took the tournament title, going undefeated, while the Lady Flames locked up second place with a 2-1 record. The host Pirates fall to 0-3 on the weekend.
Bacon enjoyed another milestone, as she notched her third consecutive double-double to open the season for the second time in her career. She accomplished the same feat three years ago to open her freshman campaign. Tonight, she tallied a match-high 12 kills and 13 digs.
The Lady Flames took control from the very beginning of the match, causing quite a bit of chaos for the Pirates defense. In the first set alone, Liberty posted an impressive .522 hitting percentage, while East Carolina recorded more errors than kills for a -.125 hitting percentage.
Liberty led by as many as 10 points, and two consecutive blocks by Loren Thomas and Courtney Boggs paved the way for a set point. Bacon then slammed her fifth kill to seal the first-set win, 25-10.
The Lady Flames struggled early in the second set, as the Pirates took an early 8-2 lead after winning six straight points. But Liberty fought back with kills from Bacon and Lillie Happel, as well as several East Carolina errors. Bacon put up a solo block and Thomas notched a kill on an assist from Jade Craycraft to tie it up, 9-9.
The Lady Flames were able to ride that wave of momentum, winning eight straight points for a 19-13 advantage. Kelly Haseman was at the service line for seven of those points.
Liberty didn't slow down, holding on for the 25-15 win and the two-set lead.
Kendle Rollins led all players in the second set with five kills, and Haseman tallied 12 digs.
The Lady Flames jumped out to an early 9-3 lead in the third set, highlighted by service aces by Happel and Erica Manor. Craycraft followed suit with three aces in a row to put Liberty up, 18-6, and the Lady Flames didn't look back, completing the sweep with the 25-11 third-set win.
Craycraft tallied 21 assists and four of the Lady Flames' season-high eight aces. Thomas, Manor and Hannah Anderson each recorded five kills. As a team, Liberty outhit East Carolina, 40 kills to 15. The Lady Flames finished with a .348 team attack percentage.
The Pirates were led by Whitney Campbell and Britney Roper, who contributed four kills apiece.
Bacon and Craycraft were both named to the 2010 East Carolina Classic All-Tournament Team.
The Lady Flames are back in action next weekend, competing in the UVA Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup in Charlottesville, Va. Liberty's first match will take place on Friday at 10:30 a.m. against George Washington.